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Old 07-22-2013, 07:38 PM   #1
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I need a better step

The little green folding step is about 9 inches tall. Besides being too short, esp. if I'm on a slope (I'm on a slight slope in the pic) it moves too easily. I'd like something a little taller (or two steps) that I could anchor to the back bumper. Not mounted, necessarily, just to be able to keep it in place when it is in use. Any suggestions?

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Old 07-23-2013, 11:22 AM   #2
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Bobbie, You might try the aerobic (sp) step-up things, that is what I use. Just saw some on craigslist for $15 each. It works great as it is light weight and easy to store.
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:37 AM   #3
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Here's one solution With a bit of ingenuity something could be fashioned to attach to back your trailer which would keep it stable.
And another This is a bit expensive, the main advantage is won't slip and very sturdy,
Yet another This is the one I use. It's very stable and doesn't move once in place. Yet it folds up and travels well.

In something like this I think stability is probably the most important thing, particularly as we go older and falls become major issues.
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I used to have an exercise step but they get heavier as they get higher and harder to store. Byron, the one you use looks good, but it's too short. I have a nine inch high step now, it only goes to 8 inches. And the two-step one may be too tall- though i suppose I could carry both and use the 9 inch if we are low and the two-step (at 17 iches) if high.

I agree with you that stability is essential- but right now I've got a 1 foot drop to the top of the stool. That's a bit too much. Maybe a ten inch stool would work if I can find one.
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I've used one of those folding steps like you have for years but it is a small target to hit. Not cheap but I have been really pleased with the step shown in Bryon's second link. It's a big target, nonskid and I use the adjustable leg feature to level it and keep it from rocking. (I like a level target for that first step outside and the ground just outside the step isn't always level.)
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Bobbie,
You might want to add a very strong vertical grab bar to the side of your rig too.
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Here's an interesting solution. RV Manual Pull-Out Step - Single Stromberg Carlson Enclosed Trailer Parts SM-24-10 Personally, I have no idea how to install it or if it will be practical in your situation.
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Here's a possible handrail Lend - A - Hand Folding Rv Handrail, Satin Metal - 422951, Steps Ladders at Sportsman's Guide.
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The door frame works fine as a handrail. A larger target step is a good point- I like the adjustable leg one. Before the next trip I go by Camping World so maybe I'll check out what's available. Or look for a two-step stool that is a little shorter, say, 7 and 14 inches.
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Here's one that's a little bulky but the heights look about right.
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I've seen those- huge. Won't work, as it would take too much room in the trailer or car. (Great steps, though.)

I'll figure out what the tallest of the platform types is- that looks to be the best bet and much less likely to be knocked out of place.
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I have one of these folding 2 steps and it works OK it says rated for 300 lbs but I wouldn push it that far.

RV Folding 2 Step E-Z Foldz Stool Beige 105-4BG
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What about this? It's $34 and a step stool and grip bar in one, so you'd have to put the grip bar to the left of the door to open and close it without issue: Amazon.com: Duro-Med Foot Stool with Support Handle, Silver/Black: Health & Personal Care
I'm having the same problem and trying to decide if a folding one is worth the extra expense! Our trailer came with a wood one the PO made, and it's step surface area is just smaller than I'd like, and it's a little short.
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Why not use actual rv steps? It looks like you have plenty of ground clearance.
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